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Meet the Funders

Who can help fund my project? Talk to our funders and tell them your plans. 

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British Phonographic Industry (BPI)

Chris Tams - Director of Independent Member Services and International

The BPI helps to promote British music sales overseas through the Music Exports Growth Scheme, which since 2014 has awarded £2 million government funding to 130 mainly independently-signed artists, as well as through numerous international trade missions. It provides valuable insights, training and networking with its free masterclasses and presentations, and through its Innovation Hub and authoritative yearbook and reports. 

The BPI certifies the iconic Platinum, Gold and Silver Awards Programme, co-owns the Official Charts, owns and organises The BRIT Awards – which has raised more than £16.8m for music education and wellbeing charities to date, including the BRIT School, and is also home to the Mercury Prize. 

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Creative Scotland 

Jamie Houston - Music Officer

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We're so pleased to welcome them to our drop in session Meet The Funders.

Creative Scotland enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.

They distribute funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.

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PRS Foundation

Joe Frankland - Senior Grants and Programme Manager

We invest in the future of music by supporting talent development and new music across the UK; enabling songwriters and composers of all backgrounds to realise their potential and reach audiences across the world.

Since March 2000 we have supported over 6,300 new music initiatives to the tune of over £29.5 million. We do this through open grant schemes which are available to musicians and organisations and partnership programmes which we lead in response to specific needs and gaps in funding.

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Help Musicians Scotland

David Culbert - Programme and Outreach Officer

Our on-the-ground team is led by Suzanne Miller as HM Scotland Manager, David Culbert as HM Scotland Programmes & Outreach Officer, Adam Martin as HM Scotland Fundraising & Volunteer Coordinator, and Sharon Stephen as Scottish Music Liaison.

Based in Glasgow’s ‘The Briggait’, the team engages with the sector nationally, across all genres and for musicians and the music industry from the start of their career through retirement.

Launched in 2018, the Scotland office is focused on supporting Scottish musicians and music sector professionals, by providing both UK-wide services, as well as bespoke Scottish services. The charity works to create a sustainable future for all musicians and the industry, supporting those who work in the music sector, offering health and welfare services and creative and professional development through grants and funding.

As an independent charity, donations and support for funding is vital. We are proud to say that all funds raised in Scotland, go back into HM Scotland.

Through our permanent office base and dedicated team, HM Scotland reaches the entire country, to support, reflect and celebrate the diversity and impact of Scottish music.

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Pledge Music

Luke Arther - Campaign Manager

PledgeMusic is Connection.

We connect artists and fans in a way that reaches far beyond a simple stream, download or CD/vinyl sale. Through our marketplace, unique experiences, offerings, and limited edition collectibles come to life: from backstage passes to house concerts, guitars used in the studio to handwritten lyric sheets from your favorite artists.

PledgeMusic is Giving.

We provide a way for fans to experience music and the creative process by giving artists a platform that allows them to directly connect and engage with their fans. Giving back is something we strongly believe in, which is why we encourage all artists on our platform to donate a percentage of their project funds to the charity of their choice.

PledgeMusic is Community.

We are a community of more than 3,000,000 fans and over 50,000 artists who believe there’s a better way to experience music and share the unique relationship between artist and fan.

Glow Arts

Jennifer McGlone

Glow Arts is a creative and community consultancy company based in the East End of Glasgow. We specialise in working with individuals and organisations across the UK to develop their projects so that they can reach new and existing audiences.

Jennifer joined Scottish Arts Council in 2006 as part of the Youth Music Initiative team, where she remained working across a number of programmes such as CashBack for Creativity, YMI and Traditional Arts until March 2013 (SAC became Creative Scotland in 2010) when she decided to make Glow Arts a full-time company again.

Musicians Union

Jennifer Laidler - Musicians Union

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is the only trade union for musicians in the UK. From rock bands to classical quartets, songwriters to session players, the MU represents over 30,000 musicians across the 4 nations. 

The MU negotiates with all major employers in the industry, as well as offering advice and services tailored to freelance musicians’ needs at every stage of their career. That could be career advice, networking and training opportunities. Or help with a contract for a gig, recording, songwriting, touring or merchandising. It might be legal advice and assistance. Or help chasing unpaid fees – the Union recovered more than £250,000 for members last year alone!

The Union campaigns for fair pay, arts funding and to keep music live. With 30,000 members, the MU can influence policy in all Parliaments and Assemblies. Lobbying successes include the Live Music Act and its extension, which have made it easier to put on gigs. The Union are also fighting to protect musicians’ rights during Brexit, to protect music venues, and for a fair internet for performers so musicians are paid fairly for use of their work.

For more information and to join - visit www.themu.org

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